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European Commission Regulates the Use of DEGEE in Cosmetic Products

Photo: Cosmetic products
Photo: Cosmetic products

The European Commission has published a Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/314 on 4 March 2016 for amending Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. An entry of requirement on Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether (DEGEE) is incorporated into Annex III.  

The substance, DEGEE, was not regulated under Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has studied and concluded that DEGEE is safe to use in oxidative hair dye products, non-oxidative hair dye products, rinse off products, non-spray cosmetic products at different maximum concentration. DEGEE is also found to be used with a upper limit in specific spray products, including fine fragrances, hair sprays, antiperspirants and deodorants. However, the study did not cover oral hygiene and eye products.

The European Commission has adopted the position from SCCS into Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 with an entry of DEGEE (with the INCI name Ethoxydiglycol) incorporated into Annex III as below. In the light of this Regulation (EU) 2016/314, only cosmetic products which comply with this new requirement shall be placed and made available on the European Union market.

Photo: Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/314
Photo: Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/314

It is crucial for all cosmetic, personal care and household products to be safe, effective and stable. SGS provides testing, inspection, auditing and consulting services to manufacturers, distributors and importers to ensure a high level of product quality in every area. Our state of the art laboratories offer custom-made solutions for chemical, biophysical, microbiological, stability and biological aspects. We also have extensive capabilities in performance testing, claim support studies and consumer panels. Our testing is conducted according to customer specific or recognised standard methods, some of which were developed by SGS. Our cosmetic safety assessors and other technical experts can support clients by making sure new products comply with regulatory requirements.

Reference Sources:
Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/314 on 4 March 2016

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